13 Easy Ways to Naturally Detoxify Your Body Daily
Try these simple tips to help naturally detoxify your body every day – no potions or detox diets required!
You may think of a “detox” as a complicated cleansing program that involves taking lots of weird pills, powders, or “cleanse” drinks, or a restrictive diet that you have to commit to for a certain number of days before you go back to eating normally.
In fact, your body is constantly detoxifying itself through a number of internal (and external) processes, including digestion, respiration, sweating, waste elimination, and more. Since your body detoxifies itself daily, doesn’t it make sense to support your body’s detoxification systems on an ongoing basis?
While it’s not a bad idea to do an occasional “detox” that is a bit more intense (especially after undergoing some kind of stress or trauma), there are lots of things you can do on a daily basis to encourage your body’s natural detoxification processes and keep toxins from building up in your system in the first place.
Below are 13 easy ways to help your body naturally detoxify every day. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t try to do all of these at once, as you are likely to find them difficult to commit to if you tackle too many. First, make note of any of these that you are doing already, then just add 1-2 new detoxifying habits until you have made them a natural part of your daily routine. Then you can add a couple more at a time as you feel ready.
#1. Oil Pulling. Oil pulling is the process of swishing 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil around in your mouth for between 10 and 20 minutes. The chemical reaction between your saliva and the oil literally “pulls” bacterial toxins out from the deepest crevices in your whole oral cavity. According to Dr. F. Karach, oil pulling can also strengthen the stomach, heart, liver, lungs, and reproductive organs. Give it a try − and don’t forget to spit it out afterwards into the garbage can so you don’t clog your sink drain.
#2. Tongue scraping. Besides oil pulling, another effective way to target the oral cavity for detoxification is through the Ayurvedic practice of “tongue scraping.” According to Sheila Patel, MD, medical director at the Chopra Center, “Scraping the tongue daily removes any build-up on the tongue, which, if left untreated, …may house a significant number of bacteria.” Tongue scraping requires an inexpensive tool that can be purchased at most pharmacies. Stainless steel works well, says Patel. The tongue should be scraped very gently from back to front 7 to 14 times.
#3. Eat more organic green leafy veggies. Kale, celery, spinach, parsley, cilantro, and celery… all these greens are your friends. They contain vital nutrients, plenty of fiber, and chlorophyll, which helps to cleanse the blood. Try them in a smoothie or very lightly sautéed in coconut oil if eating them raw is not for you.
#4. “Beef up” on organic/pastured meats, dairy, and produce instead of conventional. While you’re munching on yummy greens and gut-friendly pre- and probiotics, make the switch to organic/pastured meats and dairy instead of using conventional animal products. According to Consumer Reports, 80% of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used for livestock and other farm animals. If you are serious about your detoxing goals, you don’t want that in your body!
#5. Do a “purge” of your kitchen and bathroom. Take a look inside your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Evaluate your sundry and beauty products as well as the items in your kitchen. The Environmental Working Group says that there are over 3,000 “stock chemical ingredients” that the perfume industry alone can choose from for their products, many of which have not been tested for safety. Switch out one commercial product at a time for an all-organic one and consider switching out at least one product a week until your home is truly toxin-free.
#6. Bentonite clay anyone? Clay is a powerful anti-bacterial, and a great way to naturally detoxify your bodily systems. It can help get rid of bacteria such as E. coli, MRSA, and Staphylococcus. Plus, it is great for heavy metal detox as well. Try mixing a tiny amount of pesticide-free bentonite clay powder in an 8-oz. glass of water. If you decide to continue using bentonite clay more often, start slowly and work your way up to a teaspoon or more.
#7. Do some aerobic exercise. Get moving! Aerobic exercise pumps life-giving oxygen and feel-good hormones into your body. But did you also know that, according to researchers at the Swedish Karolinska Institute, during a workout the muscles act like the liver and produce an enzyme that clears out depression-causing chemicals? While you may not always think of exercise as being part of a detox program, it’s one of the best ways to help your body naturally detoxify itself.
#8. Stretch and release. Stretching not only keeps muscles and joints flexible, it can also lower inflammation and “fight or flight” responses that can lead to chronic disease. A 2009 study of women with breast cancer found that those who underwent a 75-minute restorative yoga class for 10 weeks had less instances of depression than those who did not. Stay motivated and detox from stress by doing a few stretches throughout the day.
#9. Hot and cold shower cycling. Now that you have worked up a sweat and stretched it all out, consider keeping the detoxing going as you step into the shower. Cold showers can lower stress and improve circulation. Hot showers, on the other hand, relieve tension and congestion and help you sleep better. Turn the shower temp to a little hotter than you would normally have it. Then alternate the temp to as cold as it will go for 30 seconds. Work up to alternating hot & cold intervals for 5-minutes.
#10. “Unplug” during a meal. Take a media break while you eat. This is just a good habit to get in for proper digestion. While you eat your lunch or as you sit down with your family for dinner, instead of focusing on who is texting you or what is playing on TV, why not focus on what is going on around you or with each other? Chew your food slowly as well − chewing is the first stage of digestion.
#11. Play out your stress. Take a detox from the mundane and dive into your creativity! Spend at least an hour engaging in a healthy creative activity, allowing all concepts of time go out the window. Get lost in the play of painting, dancing, writing, doodling, needlepoint, being in nature, or whatever brings you joy.
#12. Try meditation. Meditation not only calms the mind, it also helps relax those stress responses that are pumping too much cortisol into your body, creating inflammation and toxic build-up. Start with even 5 minutes and simply focus on your breath as you close your eyes and go within.
#13. Take time for gratitude and appreciation. Last on this list, but certainly not least, take the time to simply let go. Detox from negative thinking by tuning in to the things, people, and situations in your life that you are most appreciative of. Have a job you love? Are your kids the bomb? Do you live in a great neighborhood? Are you grateful for all that you have learned about ways to naturally detoxify and improve your health? Celebrate all of this until it puts a smile on your face!
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